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SÃO PAULO Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have signed $53 billion of agreements in a range of areas, including infrastructure, agriculture and energy, in what is being hailed as a new era in Sino-Brazilian relations.

The new wave of Chinese investment in Brazil has come at an opportune moment, as the Brazilian economy continues to struggle and a vast corruption scandal at Petrobras bears down on both the political world and the country’s top construction companies.

Anadolu Agency

BRASÍLIA – Brazil and China signed a raft of agreements at a signing ceremony in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, on Thursday, that was attended by presidents Dilma Rousseff and Xi Jinping.

Among the 32 agreements signed are contracts for the sale of 40 airliners by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer to China’s Tianjin Airlines, and 20 E-190 jets to ICBC Leasing.

China also signed commitments to a number of huge infrastructure projects in Brazil, including the building of a new intelligent, digital city in Tocantins state, and the installation of transmission cables to Brazil’s controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, on the Xingu River.

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Anadolu Agency

BRASÍLIA – South American leaders attending the 6th BRICS Summit in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, on Wednesday hailed the foundation of a new US$100 billion development bank between the BRICS nations, announced on Tuesday.

The eleven South American leaders in attendance also made clear they were firmly behind a new alliance between the BRICS group of leading emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – and the UNASUR bloc of South American nations.

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Anadolu Agency – additional reporting by Lucy Jordan

BRASÍLIA – The heads of state of the five BRICS nations of emerging economies met with the leaders of 11 South American countries on Wednesday in the Brazilian capital, Brasília.

The presidents of the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — which make up the bloc of developing economies, are holding their third official day of the 6th BRICS Summit.

Among the 11 South American leaders are Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Argentinian leader Cristina Kirchner and Juan Manuel Santos, recently re-elected as president of Colombia.

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The Brazilian government has announced that the application process for work visas to Brazil has been simplified significantly in response to demands from industry, calling for more qualified overseas workers to fill gaps in the Brazilian labour market.

Brazilian visa. Photo by Ben Tavener.

The process for applying for a work visa to Brazil should now be quicker and require fewer documents. Photo by Ben Tavener.

The government says it hopes that regular work visas, which currently take around three months to be issued, will take just 30 days.

The new rules, published under Normative Resolution (RN) 104, aim to speed up the process by requiring fewer documents and allowing documents to be sent online.

Industry and foreign workers have long complained that the process for granting a work visa was too long and overly complicated, requiring some fifteen documents and sometimes a number of visits to the Consulate; just three documents will now be required.

The government admits the new rules were a direct response to demands by industry, which struggles with Brazil’s lack of specifically qualified workers – particularly engineers, oil and gas experts, and systems analysts – to help ready the country host the World Cup and the Olympics.

Two other recent changes in work visas should also prove interesting to companies in Brazil and foreign students:

Resolution RN 100 provides a work visa of up to ninety days to foreign nationals providing technical assistance or technological know-how to Brazilian companies. Applicants go straight to their local Consulate, without the need for a permit from the Ministry for Labour and Employment (MTE).

Resolution RN 103 allows students with a Master’s degree or above to work up to ninety days in Brazil during their vacations. This work still requires MTE authorisation, but is expected to be popular with temporary jobs appearing for highly-qualified professionals for the World Cup and the Olympics.

Despite past concerns that Brazil should not encourage foreigners to work in Brazil but instead focus on improving the quality of homegrown professionals, Brazil’s Minister for Labour and Employment, Manoel Dias, says that boosting worker numbers from abroad would not take jobs from Brazilians.

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